When a wound gets infected, pus-filled bumps can form underneath the skin. These boils are typically painful and will continue to grow until the pus is released and the wound drains. It is important to note that lancing a wound can spread the infection and it is not recommended as a home treatment, according to the Mayo Clinic. Consult a doctor with any questions.
Wait until the wound has filled with pus and forms a white-looking head. Lancing a wound that is not ready will only cause pain and risk further infection.
Gently clean the area with an antibacterial cleaner and hot water. Wash your hands thoroughly to reduce the risk of spreading bacteria.
Sterilize a needle by holding it in an open flame for thirty seconds and then allow to cool completely.
Place a towel underneath the wound and have antibacterial ointment and a bandage ready.
Gently prick the top of the wound with the needle and squeeze gently to allow the pus to drain. Allow all of the pus to drain out of the wound, squeezing gently as needed.
Once the wound is empty of pus, apply generous amounts of antibacterial ointment, such as Neosporin, and cover tightly with a bandage.
Keep the area clean and dry. Watch for any signs of infection and contact a doctor immediately if you suspect the infection has spread or the wound does not begin to heal.
Keep the wound as clean as possible both before and after lancing.
Consult a doctor at the first sign of infection, both before and after lancing.